10 BEST Outdoor Christmas Gifts for Kids

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10 BEST Outdoor Christmas Gifts for Kids

10 Best Outdoor Christmas Gifts for Kids

It is Summer in Australia, and Christmas will be here before you know it.  If you are still thinking about what sort of gifts to buy your kids, you NEED to read this first.  Consider a family gift, a gift for all the kids – that everyone can enjoy.  A gift that gets everyone outside, getting exercise, a bit of sun, and away from screens.

Remember as a kid you were rarely inside?  Let’s bring the good old days back!

We are counting down the TEN very best Outdoor Christmas Gifts for Kids.

So now we countdown the 10 very best Family Outdoor Christmas Gifts for Kids for 2021.

Best Outdoor Christmas Gifts for Kids | Stay at Home Mum

A  Telescope

Okay so the kids won’t get a whole lot of sun and exercise when playing with a telescope, but it deserves to be on the list. Telescopes are such a great Outdoor Family Gift.  Not only are they fun to look into the stars, but they are a great way for the kids to learn about the universe.

Pros of a Telescope:

  • It gets the family outdoors, even if it is only at night
  • Educational gift
  • Kids are not likely to get bored.
  • There are telescopes available in all price ranges and all budgets.


  • You will always need an adult to set up a telescope (unless you have older children) and it may not be suitable for little kids.
  • It doesn’t really give the kids any exercise.
  • Setting up and taking down could be a pain.

Pricing: From $79 – $5500.00

Our Pick’s:

51vfoiVL2LL. AC SL1000 | Stay at Home Mum.com.auCelestron Travel Scope 70mm

Features high quality fully coated glass optics, a potent 70mm objective lens, a lightweight frame and a custom backpack.

Price: $172.78
610boahUn1L. AC SL1500 | Stay at Home Mum.com.auThe Sky Watcher S11100 ProEd 80mm Refractor Telescope

For the keener home star gazer!

Price: $682.51

A Jumping Castle

Jumping Castles are now available for people to buy and home their very own personal version.  With water, slides, ball pits and a pool area, the kids will be squealing with joy this Christmas!

Pros of a Jumping Castle:

  • Hours and hours of outdoor fun, running, jumping and playing
  • Kids get loads of exercise.
  • You can have dry or wet versions

Cons of a Jumping Castle:

  • Putting the jumping castle up and down as required.
  • Might blow away in a storm
  • Can get the odd puncture.


From $300 – $3000 depending on size

Our Picks:

816ZryYGGEL. AC SL1500 | Stay at Home Mum.com.auThe Lifespan Kids Inflatable Bounce Fort Mini

Compact enough to fit in most backyards but large enough to take two kids at a time. Tough for maximum durability. Pump is included.

Price: $249.00
81Otq0wUpPL. AC SL1500 | Stay at Home Mum.com.auAir My Fun Inflatable Bounce House

Made from high-quality tough material, includes a slide and a huge jumping area. Comes with a 350W blower and large capacity storage bag.

Price: $291.63
61Wch f2EwL. AC SL1000 | Stay at Home Mum.com.auDoctor Dolphin Inflatable Toddler Bounce House

Strong and durable, the Doctor Dolphin Bounce House is made with toddlers in mind. Easy to set up and store and comes with a low-sound blower.

Price: $476.14

A Swing and Slide Set

Swings and slides have never gone out of fashion.  They are still a popular option to get those kids outdoors and playing!  But the old-style swing sets have come a really long way.

Pros of a Swing Set:

  • Swing sets last for years and years – so you get bang for your buck.
  • Modern swing sets can be added to as the kids get older.

Cons of a Swing Set

  • Some kids can get bored very easily.
  • Accidents are really common.
  • Smaller swing sets can lift up and out of the ground.


From $199.00 through to $1700.00

Our Picks:

517+7AfVvoL. AC SL1050 | Stay at Home Mum.com.auBo Peep Kids Slide Swing and Basketball Ring

For ages 3+
Easy to install, no tools needed.

Price: $174.55
Plum%2BWooden%2BLookout%2BTower%2Bwith%2BMonkey%2BBars | Stay at Home Mum.com.auWooden Lookout Tower with Monkey Bars

Recommend for ages 6+

Price: $1699.00
Skyfort%2BII%2BWooden%2BPlay%2BCentre | Stay at Home Mum.com.auFountaindale Wooden Play Centre

Recommended for ages 3+

Price: $3999.00 (Afterpay Available)

A Slackline or Zipline

A slackline is a suspended flat webbing material that is tensioned between two anchors (usually two trees).  It is a bit like tight-rope-walking, but much easier.  They are HELL FUN!!!!!

Pros of Slacklining:

  • Insane fun
  • Great for learning balance

Con’s of Slacklining:

  • Can be hard to master at first
  • Falls can be common

Our Picks:

91tRnmV7aOL. AC SL1500 | Stay at Home Mum.com.auSlackers 50′ Outdoor Slackline

Perfect for beginners, this 5cm wide nylon webbing is strong and easy to set up.

Price: $75.00
91issPb7KJL. AC SL1500 | Stay at Home Mum.com.auZen Monkey Slackline Kit with Training Line

This kit contains the mainline, ratchet, overhead training line, arm training, tree protector set and a cloth carry bag.

Price: $98.49

Motorbikes, Quad Bikes, Go Karts and Rideables

Some kids are mad keen motorbike riders from a really young age.  Others have really over-protective Mothers that won’t allow them to get one (yep that’s me!).  But they are a family orientated activity that can develop into a full-blown sport!

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  • Fantastic outdoor fun
  • The whole family can ride together.
  • Kids are less likely to be ‘bored’.


  • They are expensive to buy and require ongoing maintenance.
  • Accidents can and do happen at speed.
  • Transporting them can be tough if you don’t have the appropriate vehicle.


Depends on many things including brand and size.

From $400.00 – $8000.00

Where to Buy Them Online:

  • Ozsale
  • Thumpstar

A Sand Pit

Every single kid should have access to a Sand Pit.  Great for creative play, motor skills and sensory play. If you are building your own version at home, make sure you buy a good quality tarp to keep it covered.

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Pros of a Sand Pit:

  • Cheap to buy or make and install.
  • Solid and safe
  • Fantastic for all kids, particularly those on the Autism Spectrum.

Con’s of a Sand Pit:

  • You need to keep them covered when they aren’t in use as animals can use them for toileting.
  • They can take up a bit of space.
  • They can get a bit mucky with time.
  • Dragging sand into the house on the bottom of little feet.


If you make one from scratch at home, just the cost of the sand.  Buying them pre-made costs from $150 – $500.00

Where to Buy Them Online:

A Bike

Bikes are one of those Christmas Traditions for finding on Christmas morning.  More kids should own a bike – they are so good for keeping fit, learning road rules and finding a bit of independence.


Pros of a Bike:

  • You can add items like training wheels for little kids to learn.
  • There are bikes to suit everyone at all price points.

Con’s of a Bike:

  • Adults will need to teach kids how to ride and use the road.  But this makes it a great family activity.


Bikes are quite affordable.  Pricing can start from as little as $129 through to $750.00 for a kids bike.

Where to Buy Them Online:

A Flying Fox Zipline

Okay don’t be scared – but I had to include this one as I grew up always having a Flying Fox in my backyard.  They are soooo much fun.  Ours was only 30cm off the ground and didn’t go that fast, so even though we had loads of spills, there was never ever injuries.  You can adjust height and speed as the kids get more daring!

Flying Fox | Stay at Home Mum

Pros of a Flying Fox:

  • Exhilarating fun for the kids.
  • Guaranteed to wear them out.
  • No boredom factor

Con’s of a Flying Fox:

  • You have to have the space to install one.
  • Not for really small children


Depends on size, height and location, but they start at $189 and upwards.

Where to Buy Them Online:

A Cubby House

Oh there are some really adorable cubby houses around now and loads of prices to suit all budgets.  They aren’t just for little girls either, there are so many different styles and options – perfect for all the kids in the family!

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Pros of a Cubby House:

  • They are sturdy and relatively safe

Cons of a Cubby House:

  • Can get boring for kids


From $199.00 to $3000.00

Where to Buy Them Online:

  • Kogan
  • Kmart
  • My Deal.com.au


A Springfree Trampoline!!!

Yes, these trampolines are just incredible – my boys have had one for years and years, and they spent hours outside (getting tired).  I love the fact that they have a great safety net and no springs – so no getting your toes or fingers stuck between springs or broken arms from falling off.

Win a Springfree Trampoline | Stay at Home Mum


Pros of a Springfree Trampoline:

  • The kids will spend hours and hours jumping and playing on a Springfree Trampoline without fear of falling in between the springs or falling off the side.
  • Even the full weight of an adult on the net won’t make the trampoline budge!
  • They last for a really really long time – so an excellent bang for your buck! Even the net doesn’t disintegrate like other brands tend to do.
  • Has a 10-year-warranty.
  • You can buy accessories for your trampoline such as the tgoma, turning your Springfree Trampoline into a real-life computer game!  Four sensors on the mat connect wirelessly via Bluetooth to a tablet and using your body as a controller, the sensors track movement creating an outdoor interactive Smart Play experience.

Cons of a Springfree Trampoline:

  • Hmmm after owning one and being a huge fan for many years, I really can’t think of a con.  Perhaps struggling to move it when I need to mow as it is pretty heavy! But I heard they have shifting wheels, so I might need to get me some!


  • From $999 for a top of the line trampoline. Bargain!

Where to Buy one:


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